QMed’s blog posts

QMed’s blogs focus on the importance of research in India. Specifically - the need to teach the basics of research at the undergraduate level of all health sciences courses. Still more specifically – to teach literature searching and referencing at the UG level. We also blog about the need to elevate our health sciences libraries and librarians to become an integral part of research. This is really vital to get returns on the money invested in libraries! Do contribute your thoughts on both these angles All our posts are in the category – VS Shares. We do not post in…
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Medical Students and Peer Learning – Some Thoughts

Medical Students and Peer Learning – Some Thoughts

As a child, in the 1960s, I had learnt the dance form Bharatanatyam for a few years. I used to go with some of my schoolmates for our evening classes. The dance master was a moody person - some days strict and almost angry; some days in a good mood. But one thing was sure - he was a great teacher. An interesting thing he did was - as new students joined the classes, he made the senior students (yours truly and some more) - teach them. Then he would make them perform and observe. Not only would he be…
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Teaching literature searching & referencing in the Undergraduate curriculum of health science streams

Teaching literature searching & referencing in the Undergraduate curriculum of health science streams

About a year back I had written a post - The AETCOM handbook has it! And that this handbook has a mention about "non-core competencies" that are highly desirable for an Indian medical graduate. Section 3.4.4: specifies that the Indian Medical Graduate must: “Demonstrate ability to search (including through electronic means), and critically evaluate the medical literature and apply the information in the care of the patient” But this is not taught even in the Research Methodology courses or informally, with few exceptions. QMed has been teaching these elements since 2008. Since 2020 QMed introduced ELearning courses at www.qmedcourses.in -…
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I always learn something new when I listen to your lectures

I always learn something new when I listen to your lectures

This is something I get to hear from many faculty members and sometimes from students who have heard my lectures or webinars more than once. More often it is faculty members who say this as they are the organizers of events and the people who invite me to speak. It of course feels wonderful receiving a compliment like this. But recently it had me wondering. I realized that the crux of my lectures on literature searching or reference management are the same. I teach the principles of searching and show a couple of features in PubMed. Or I teach the…
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